Sumo: Tamawashi ends Terunofuji's unbeaten run

Kyodo -- Jan 14
Veteran No. 3 maegashira Tamawashi took advantage of a slipup to snap yokozuna Terunofuji's 23-match win streak Friday and remain within one win of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament lead.

The win improved the 37-year-old Tamawashi's career record between the Mongolian-born grapplers to 6-10 and left both wrestlers with 5-1 records, one back of sekiwake Mitakeumi and No. 6 Abi in the 15-day tourney at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan.

Terunofuji, who so far this tournament has repeatedly navigated out of difficult situations, seemed taken back by the speed of Tamawashi's charge. A couple of shoves to the throat kept him on the back foot, only for that foot to lose its traction.

When Terunofuji, winner of the last two tournaments, tried to counterattack, his right foot gave way twice on the ring's sandy surface. He lurched forward to his right off balance and only steadied himself by putting his right hand on the clay.